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Dovetails

Dovetails are a traditional way to attach two pieces of wood without the need for fasteners like nails or screws. Below, John Bullar of the UK presents a short video where he cuts dovetail joints using hand tools. As a professional custom furniture builder, his skill makes the process look very easy. The tools, however, are simple and easily available. A chisel, mallet, and saw are all that are required. A great tric
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Stuffed Animal Care & Repair

April was a month of care & repair in MAKESHOP. Lots of stuffed animals and dolls were cared for and repaired. Some of our guests brought in stuffed animals from home that needed some TLC. MAKESHOP also had a collection of toys that had seen better days. This was a great opportunity to explore sewing. As always, we had visitors that had never sewn before, all the way to very experienced sewers. There were a varie
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MAKESHOP Storage Solutions

MAKESHOP STORAGE   BEFORE AFTER MAKESHOP goes through a lot of materials (fabric, recycled objects, etc.) every week.  You would think that we would run out of stuff but no; we probably have more stuff in our storage space in the Museum’s basement than in the actual MAKSESHOP.  The motto of the Museum might as well be “We Never Throw Anything Away”. Our storage space recently got a fabulous makeover
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Too Many Shoes?

I’ve always said that solving problems is one of the most important parts of being a maker. It is a lot of fun to solve a problem by making something. That is essentially how an inventor thinks. If you are tired of sitting on the ground then why not build a chair? If you your chair isn’t comfortable then you can always sew a cushion. My problem was too many shoes in my closet at home. I could have easily
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Finishing MAKESHOP’s quilt

In February, we began working on a collaborative quilt in MAKESHOP. I wrote about it almost two months ago here. Here’s our update: it’s finished! It has been a true labor of love shared by so many people and an amazing learning experience. I wanted to share some updated photos of the process and getting it hung on the wall. We began by cutting 5×5 inch squares out of scrap fabric. We provided fabric
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A Busy Youth Maker Night

On May 9, we hosted another Youth Maker Night.  These events are a great opportunity for older kids to experience MAKESHOP without their parents or younger siblings.  We can offer special creative activities that we can’t offer the daily Museum audience.  This night’s special activity was making citra solv transfers. The kids learned how to transfer photographic images from paper to other materials such a
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